Macbeth as Tragedy Yes, I agree that William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy that reveals much about humanity and the human experience. A tragedyis a type of drama that results in the loss and destruction of lives (Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc., 2000). The general tone of Macbeth is dark and ominous, which is characteristic of a tragic drama. Furthermore, this tone suggests an environment that is messed up by hideous and heinous crimes. In fact, Macbeth is practically a tragedy of events because Macbeth’s subject matter dealt with the loss and destruction of Macbeth and other people including King Duncan I, two royal guards, Banquo, and Macduff's family and household (McEachern, 2002). Other than these actual deaths, the story likewise led to the attempted murder of Banquo’s son Fleance, and the eventual suffering of the whole Scottish nation. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all lies in the fact that Macbeth was actually a noble and heroic personality who was brought to his demise and thus arouses feelings of pity and terror in the hearts of audiences, which is one of the most notable characteristics of a tragic drama (Dwivedi, 2002). References Dwivedi, A. M. (2002). Shakespeare's Macbeth. Anmol Books. Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc. (2000). Elements of literature: Literature of Britain, with world literature. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. McEachern, C. E. (2002). The Cambridge companion to Shakespearean tragedy. Cambridge University Press.